"A Political Scientist at the World Bank"
Joel Hellman, Director of the World Bank's new Global Center on Conflict, Security and Development (Nairobi)
Friday September 14, 4:30 p.m., Bobst Hall 101, 83 Prospect
More than 1.5 billion people live in countries afflicted by repeated cycles of conflict and violence. The World Bank has opened a new Global Center on Conflict, Security and Development to support policies and projects aimed at improving the lives of people living in fragile countries. One of its aims is to build a community of practice to increase knowledge-sharing on development issues confronting fragile and conflict-affected countries. Princeton’s Innovations for Successful Societies is part of this community.
Joel Hellman was previously the Manager for the Governance and Public Sector Group in the South Asia Region. Before that he served as Governance Adviser for the Indonesia Country Team based in Jakarta, where he has spearheaded efforts to integrate governance and public sector reform issues into the Bank's entire country program. Dr. Hellman joined the Bank in 2000 as a Lead Specialist in the Public Sector Group in the Europe and Central Asia region. Before joining the World Bank, Dr. Hellman was Senior Political Counselor in the Office of the Chief Economist at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and an editor of the EBRD’s Transition Report. Prior to the EBRD, he was an Assistant Professor of Political Science at Harvard University and Columbia University. He received his Ph.D. in Political Science from Columbia University and an M.Phil. degree from the University of Oxford. Dr. Hellman is regarded as a leading expert in public sector reform and political economy within and outside the World Bank.